In 1980 the untimely passing of P/M Bill Boyle at 51 years of age shocked the piping fraternity. His contribution to piping and pipe bands was considerable and his reputation as an outstanding solo piper was recognised worldwide. He was also a most competent adjudicator and tutor.
The William Boyle Memorial Foundation was established to honour his memory and was incorporated as a Charitable Trust in 1983 to promote excellence in piping and create initiatives to support that outcome.
The structure of the Foundation is as follows:
- One trustee appointed by Comunn Na Piobaireachd.
- Two trustees appointed by The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury
- These three above mentioned trustees appoint a further two trustees thus completing a TRUSTEE BOARD of five.
The current trustees are:
- Randall Allardyce, Chairman/ The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury appointed trustee
- Richard Hawke, The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury appointed trustee
- Greg Wilson, Comunn na Piobaireachd appointed trustee
- Brian Switalla, Trustee
- Alan McKenzie, Trustee
The Foundation supports two main initiatives annually that have had considerable influence on the careers of many of our A Grade and Under 21 pipers over many years. They are the WBF Under 21 Competition and the WBF Grants. A new subsistence allowance for senior solo players competing in the UK has been approved in principle, but details and conditions are yet to be finalised.